Archive for May, 2014
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson in an article from Gannett Wisconsin on his colleague Tammy Baldwin’s signature on a letter to the NFL to get them to drop the nickname of “Redskins” from its Washington, DC-based franchise:
“And when it comes to football,” he said, “I will concentrate on the Green Bay Packers.”
Remember when you used to mock Congress for putting priority on hearings on steroids in baseball over real issues last decade? The 50 Democratic senators who sent that letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell deserve the same treatment.
The FAA, killing “Pizza by Drone” since 2011.
Would you like your pizza home-delivered by an unmanned drone? That may not be impossible in future, for a little-known pizza chain in Mumbai last week succeeded in making a test-delivery less than 3km away from its outlet in Lower Parel by using a remote-controlled, GPS-enabled drone.
The ‘customer’ was actually a friend of the chain’s CEO, so it was technically not a sale, as commercial deliveries by drones are not allowed in India. Yet, in a way, it was a first for a product delivery Amazon has only planned. On May 11, the drone took off from the Lower Parel outlet and, flying at a speed of 30km an hour, manoeuvred its way atop the city’s mill district to reach its destination, a high-rise in Worli, in nearly 10 minutes.
The drone dropped the 13-inch plain margherita pizza, weighing half a kilo, on the 21st floor rooftop (where it was collected by the ‘customer’) before taking off again for the return journey. The speed with which the delivery was made thus beat the record for most leading pizza chains, which manually deliver pizzas within 30 minutes.
The drone used in the operation was custom-made, said an official from the pizza chain, adding that an auto engineer friend of his had helped him make the flight possible. The official said the chain had carried out the test-delivery as an experiment because it wants to be ready when regulations in India allow for such methods of product delivery.
Drones are quite common in India. The motion picture industry there has apparently been using them for years.
This was feared for over a year, but now it is indeed happening.
Nearly 200 years after Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle in Ilion, residents of the small central New York village are getting the bad news they have feared for more than a year: Remington Arms is moving production of two of its gun lines to Alabama.
While the company did not announce the outright closing of the facility that has been home to Remington since 1816, gun rights advocates said that day is now likely moving closer and they blame the state’s 2013 NY SAFE Act gun control law.
“This could very well be the beginning of the end of Ilion,’’ said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state chapter for the National Rifle Association.
The Buffalo News last September featured Ilion in a story about residents there growing increasingly worried that Remington, the anchor in the village of 8,000 in Herkimer County, was under growing pressure to leave New York since passage of the SAFE Act.
Remington said it will move production of its Bushmaster line of semi-automatic rifles that are no longer legal for the company to sell in New York without modifications. It is also sending work on its popular 1911 R1 pistol.
Remington is now the third gun manufacturer in New York State to announce plans to move part or all of its production facilities to another state after the Empire State passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country. This announcement only effects 80-some jobs in the upstate New York area, but it is unknown if it is the start of a more drastic decision in the months and years to come.